September 18, 2018

National News

Trump turns back to Maria, says Democrats inflated toll

WASHINGTON -- As Hurricane Florence bore down on the U.S. on Thursday, President Donald Trump angrily churned up the devastating storm of a year earlier, disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him "look as bad as possible."

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Bush boosting Republicans in places where Trump isn't strong

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former President George W. Bush is quietly helping boost Republican candidates in places where President Donald Trump has struggled. In so doing, the former two-term president is raising his profile, ever so slightly, in the national politics he eschewed for years.

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Family arrivals surge at US-Mexico border in August

SAN DIEGO -- The Border Patrol arrested dramatically more immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border in August compared to previous months in a spike that a Trump administration official said Wednesday was the result of legal loopholes allowing parents and children to avoid immediate deportation to their homelands in Central America.

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3,000 NYC marijuana cases get tossed

NEW YORK -- Over 3,000 low-level marijuana cases were thrown out Wednesday as Manhattan's top prosecutor furthered a shift away from arresting and prosecuting many people for small-time pot offenses in the nation's biggest city.

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Bernie Sanders' son in crowded New Hampshire primary field

CONCORD, N.H. -- A toss-up congressional district featuring no fewer than 17 candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders' son, topped the ballot Tuesday in a New Hampshire primary that provides one of the final measures of the country's mood before November's midterm election.

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Safety testing failure rate 20 percent for pot products

LOS ANGELES -- Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

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Case against officer who killed neighbor to go to grand jury

DALLAS -- The case against a white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter, the district attorney said Monday as an affidavit provided a fuller description of the officer's account.

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Republicans lack votes to end 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON -- Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year.

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'Big and vicious': Florence closes in on Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains.

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